Restoration Fellowship Church of Lakeland
What Is Your Number One Priority?
January 22, 2023

What Is Your Number One Priority?

January 22, 2023

What Is Your Number One Priority?
Pastor Terry Wilcox

John 21:15-17; 21-22

The restoration of Peter required heart surgery.

John 21:21 – “more than these?”
, boats, , home? Perhaps, do you love me more than  ?
The context is chapters 18-21.

Matthew 26:33

The Triple By-Pass

  1. John 21:15 – Jesus used the Greek word “agape”
    He cuts through the  of others.
    In Peter’s reply, Peter used the Greek word “philia.”
    It’s used in I Corinthians 16:22. “If anyone does not love the Lord, let that person be cursed.”
    “Philia” means  .

    Jesus’ response, “Feed my lambs.”

  2. John 21:16 – Jesus clarifies, I am not asking if you have brotherly affection for me, I’m asking for your .  “Agape” is  love.

    Jesus’ response, “Take care of my sheep.”

  3. John 21:17 – Amazingly, Jesus asks a third time, only he uses “philia.
    “Do you have a friendship love for me”
    John 21:17 says this third cut into Peter’s heart “hurt.”
    Jesus’ response, “Feed my sheep.”
    Peter’s honesty results in Jesus restoring Peter
    John 21:19b, “Then he said to him, ‘follow me.'”

    Priority one (before serving) is  .
    Deuteronomy 6:4-5

    Jesus proclaimed the same priority in Matthew 22:37-39.

    Jesus used three direct questions, Peter made three declarations.
    Jesus gave him three commands, and Peter was .

    All measurements of ministry success are subservient to  .

    Believing loving God is priority liberates from:
    a. The tyranny of statistics.
    b. Comparison with .
    c. Other things.
    d. The of exclusivity.

How Do We Get There?

  1. Be ruthlessly  with yourself and God.
  2. Word and .
    Faithfulness is not . See Luke 15:28-31
  3. Cultivate heart  with the Spirit of Jesus.

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